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The Imposter Reviews

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Top Critic
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
August 16, 2012
Beverly Dollarhide, Nicholas's mother, says of the period after her son's disappearance, "My main goal in life at that time was not to think." Apparently, the filmmakers have taken a cue from her.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 31, 2012
You may begin to wonder if you aren't being conned by the movie yourself.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 18, 2013
The film looks like many a television crime series, and is as manipulative. With no disclaimer or separation, its method screams that this is full honest fact.
Harvey S. Karten
July 6, 2012
Grainy photography captures a story lacking suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: C
James Verniere
Boston Herald
August 17, 2012
The real imposter here is the director.
Full Review | Original Score: C minus
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
If you are a fan of true crime stories or the workings of the human mind, The Imposter will blow you away.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jamie Neish
August 13, 2012
The Imposter is one of those rare documentaries that, while its hard to know exactly how much is intensified for the purposes of making the film, is genuinely unsettling and infuriating to believe as fact and fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
August 23, 2012
The mysteries stick with you. In 20 years time, someone will leap up and shout, "Eureka!"
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
July 13, 2012
See it and marvel that the least plausible lies are the ones we tell ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
August 24, 2012
The Imposter emerges as a brilliantly slippery film that demands brain-stretching consideration. Astonishing, indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Hannah McGill
The List
August 14, 2012
Everything about this story is unconvincing, except for the fact that it - or some version of it - happened.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
September 23, 2012
An unnerving experience and a brilliant piece of documentary filmmaking that peels back the layers on one of the most perplexing stories
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John A. Riley
Electric Sheep
August 28, 2012
As his story unfolds, one gets the uncomfortable sensation that a joke is being played. But on whom?
Guy Lodge
Empire Magazine
August 20, 2012
The year's most fascinating and frightening doc so far, The Imposter delves far beneath the hysterical tabloid headlines.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
March 14, 2012
The film focuses on the extreme limits of human fallibility and a true story that is so exceedingly unbelievable that it feels like it cannot possibly be true -- but it is.
Aaron Yap
January 7, 2013
Few films in the past year have matched the narrative cunning of Bart Layton's captivating true-crime documentary...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
July 9, 2012
More concerned with unfurling increasingly strange and creepy revelations than delving into the nature of grief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Siobhan Synnot
August 20, 2012
Layton may be making a sophisticated point about the elusive nature of truth but at the same time, it's a point made at the expense of the Barclays.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
March 8, 2013
The Imposter at every stage reveals another layer of the bizarreness of which human beings are capable.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
July 13, 2012
Centered on a 15-year-old cold case, there should be no real surprises here. Why, then, is the experience of watching The Imposter one of edge-of-the-seat disbelief and nerve-jangling thrills?
Full Review | Original Score: 8.8/10
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